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École Polytechnique and Columbia University to establish a Dual Degree in Engineering

École Polytechnique and the Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are joining forces to offer a joint Bachelor's and Master's degree in Engineering. This dual degree program, to be launched next year, will accept its first cohort of students in autumn 2024.
École Polytechnique and Columbia University to establish a Dual Degree in Engineering Signing of the MoU for the Dual Degree program on October 10, 2022, at Columbia University © Timothy Lee photographers
12 Oct. 2022
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A longstanding partner of École Polytechnique within the Alliance program, Columbia University is a world-class American institution renowned for its educational programs and research. Reinforcing their collaboration, the two prestigious institutions signed on October 10th, 2022, the MoU for a new academic dual degree program, which will offer students a well-rounded educational experience in France and the United States.   

Students graduating from the Global Dual Degree in Engineering will obtain two degrees: A Bachelor’s degree from École Polytechnique and a Master’s degree from Columbia University. The four-and-a-half-year program will include jointly taught courses and innovative learning formats.

Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique and Institut Polytechnique de Paris, emphasized that "this new degree, delivered by two world-class institutions, will provide unique opportunities to global students seeking to combine the best traditions of engineering education on both sides of the Atlantic." Moreover, "it opens a new chapter in our reinforced collaboration with Columbia, as part of the Alliance Program", stated Eric Labaye.

The dual degree will allow Columbia and École Polytechnique to strengthen the deep partnership they have forged over the last 20 years”, explained Mary C. Boyce, Provost, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. “By training a new generation of global leaders in engineering, we will help enhance their impact on human progress and the many challenges facing our world.”

The Alliance Program

Created in 2002, Alliance is an innovative academic partnership between Columbia University and three major French Higher Education Institutions: École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. For over 20 years, the partner universities have been working with faculty and students to create new collaborations through joint research, doctoral mobility, dual degrees, and visiting professorships.